THE BLUEGRASS ALLIANCE
- From Louisville, Kentucky.
- Formed in late 1960’s by Dan Crary (guitar), Wayne Stewart (mandolin), Buddy Spurlock (banjo), Lonnie Peerce (fiddle) and Harry Shealor (bass, AKA Ebo Walker). Danny Jones (mandolin) was also an early member of this band.
- Peerce eventually became the leader of the band. He died in 1996.
- Other former members: mandolinist Sam Bush, guitarist Tony Rice, and vocalist Vince Gill.
- They were the first group to use the term “newgrass.” (The New Grass Revival emerged from this band in 1971.)
- Broke up for good in 1978.
- 1998, Barry Palmer, a long-time fan of the BG Alliance, formed a new group using the same name in Atlanta, Georgia. Lonnie Peerce gave Barry the rights to the band name before he died. Recorded an album called “Re-Alliance” in 2001.